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Today was our first couple of hikes on the trails at CICRA. Going into this experience, I really had no idea what to expect. I had a cartoon illustration with monkeys swinging on vines and colorful beetles surrounding us, but I was not far off. We walked through a rainforest full of life: everything was alive! The birds and the monkeys could be seen jumping around on the trees, filling the jungle with their calls. It didn’t take long to train my eyes to see smaller details. Uncovering a plant to reveal miniature ecosystems. Life depending on life.

Unaccustomed Customs

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By Jeff Miller

Que es?

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By Kelsey Murrell

Umbrellas of Lima

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By Reed Niemack

Gods and Animals

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By Riley Wertenberger

Human interaction has always been fascinating to me – the way people act the way they do and how they use their resources to create communities, language, and ways of life.

These interests of mine, including the biology opportunites, lead me to study abroad in Peru. I have found that traveling broadens the mind and spirit!

Speciation of Language

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By Joe Jalinsky

Coming to Lima I was determined to speak Spanish as much as possible.  My knowledge of the language is a bit lacking but I usually can get my point across using broken sentences accompanied by a variety of hand or body gestures.  It has led to some confusion.  One night I ordered a bottle of water with ice cream in it when I meant to say ice (helado vs hielo).  For the most part exchanges have been successful and I have been gaining confidence in my ability to communicate.

Lima: Layers of Time and Culture

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En route to our first stop (Museo de Sito Huallamarca) we passed several chifa, Chinese-Peruvian restaurants, reminders of the large wave of Chinese emigrants who came to Peru in the nineteenth-century to work in sugar plantations and guano mines. I asked our guide, Luis Villacorta (Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae), about the etymology of chifa and he suggested that it is a conflation of “rice” and “to eat.”

The Monkey Puzzle

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By Bethany Christiansen

A Student

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As a researcher doing fieldwork in a foreign country, I normally stop in cities for the essentials: meet collaborators and process paperwork for research permits.  Little time is made for savoring the city or indulging in its daily life.  Early in the planning of this field course, we decided to dedicate 2-3 days to an orientation to Peru, through an academic tour of it museums and cultural life.  This is my 4th visit to Peru, so it is time that I also steep myself in this side of Peru;  I am as much a student as the other participants accompanying me.

Form and Function

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The courtyard

 

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